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The British Horse Society East of England Welfare Day

4 Oct 2014


Join the BHS for this interesting and informative day covering welfare subjects such as Atypical Myopathy, Equine Obesity and Equine Grass Sickness.

Grass sickness is a devastating equine disease. Prevalent throughout the British Isles, it's fatal in both its acute and subacute forms and extremely distressing. Along with the Equine Grass Sickness Fund and the Animal Health Trust, The British Horse Society is supporting an EGS vaccine trial was launched in March 2014. Our campaign is helping to provide valuable additional funding for the full three-year EGS vaccine trial project but we need your help to do this.

Most people with more than a passing interest in horses will have heard of grass sickness. Luckily, relatively few of them will actually come across a case, but those who do know just how devastating the disease can be.

The speakers for the day include Lee Hackett, BHS Director of Equine Policy, the Animal Health Trust’s equine vets Sonia Gonzalez-Medina and Jo Ireland, and equine researcher Dee Pollard.

Jo Ireland graduated in Veterinary Medicine and Surgery from the University of Glasgow in 2000. She then worked in equine first opinion practice, with additional time spent working in a large equine referral hospital in Sweden and as a volunteer veterinary surgeon in The Gambia for the Gambia Horse and Donkey Trust. In 2011, Jo completed her PhD in equine geriatric health and welfare at the University of Liverpool and obtained the Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Certificate in Advanced Veterinary Practice (Equine Medicine – Internal) in 2010. Jo joined the Epidemiology and Disease Surveillance group at the Animal Health Trust in 2010, and is currently leading the EGS vaccine trial in addition to maintaining the nationwide EGS surveillance scheme.

The day runs from 10am until 3.30pm and also includes lunch and a tour of the Animal Heath Trust. Tickets cost just £15 and numbers are limited, the day is open to BHS gold members over 16 years old.

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